for a Christian Civilization,
Against a calumnious, and passional aggression,
The arms of truth, of logic, and of honor
After the defeat of divorce in Brazil, a campaign of publicity terror was launched against the TFP
On May 15th, the Brazilian Congress rejected again a projected bill to reform the Brazilian Constitution by establishing divorce in that country, which is the largest Catholic nation in the world. As you may recall, the TFP had already defeated in 1968 a previous attempt to establish divorce in that country by collecting in 50 days alone more than 1 million signatures against the liberal project.
In response to this voice of alarm, the anti-divorce majority which until then had shown itself to be confused and indifferent, began to react, permitting the formation of a great current of opinion against the projected bill which culminated in its rejection by the Congress.
Before the campaign of the TFP, the approval of divorce was considered certain by the press and also by the majority of the Brazilian Bishops.
The indignant reaction of the Revolution came swiftly. As the success of the TFP's anti-divorce action was increasing steadily, a storm of publicity against the TFP began to manifest itself and grow, covering the whole country in a pulsating manner. The same newspapers which days before, had made efforts to silence or minimize the TFP's triumph over divorce, now echoed — and in many cases originated — the most absurd and groundless actions against it.
Simultaneously, in the legislative assemblies of nine states (Rio Grande do Sul, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Pernambuco, Bahia, Espirito Santo, Santa Catarina, Minas Gerais, and Curitiba) liberal assemblymen were delivering accusatory speeches against the TFP or calling for "official investigations" into the so-called "malevolent" TFP.
Two Cardinals and some progressive bishops have also
assiduously joined the smear campaign, making incredible "accusations."
One example is sufficient to illustrate the ridiculous and empty style of those
accusations: the Cardinal Archbishop of
This campaign of calumnies was generally characterized by affirmations made dogmatically and in a passionate tone, without showing the least preoccupation with presenting proofs of any kind.
Before analyzing the accusations in themselves, it is necessary to stress some aspects of this campaign which acquired the character of a true "publicity terrorism."
a) The simultaneousness with which the attacks appeared in the "media" of the whole country. In spite of the immensity of the Brazilian territory, similar accusations appeared, ranging from North to South, in a mysteriously synchronized manner.
b) The uniformity of the accusations raised against the entity. Without caring about the absurdity of those accusations, newspapers and TV channels all over the country solemnly spread them in the same manner. Then they would fall into silence about the TFP for a short time, with new defamations being raised again soon afterwards. Everything worked as though in a welt disciplined orchestra.
c) The partiality of the organs of the press conducting the publicity storm. All kinds of accusations immediately found a generous asylum on their pages. But the refutations to the accusations —always serene, logical, and truthful —could, in the majority of cases, be made only through paid advertisements, because the media systematically refused to publish adequately the defenses by the TFP on account of the great cost of publishing a refutation in each newspaper that attacked it. In some cases, it was not possible even through payment to publish the denials that the circumstances required.
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The public in general showed itself to be totally
skeptical of the accusations. The long and honorable history of the TFP in the
defense of Christian Civilization is very well known in
Numerous state assemblymen and national congressmen in
The widely known congressman, Geraldo Freire, declared in the Brazilian national Congress that he
considered "all the uproar being made against the TFP to be absolutely
groundless. This wave of frivolous, suspicious, and baseless accusations
reminds, me of the old popular saying — 'they are spitting upwards,' that is to
say, the spit falls on the heads of the ones who launched it." He stressed
that the majority of the people in the interior of
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In a paid advertisement in the Folha de S. Paulo, the Brazilian TFP answered dispassionately and serenely the calumnies being raised against it without any proofs. We will quote extracts so our readers may see the emptiness of the objections being raised and the sweet reasonableness of the answers:
"Objection. The TFP, as an organization of the extreme right, and the Communist Party constitute the two extremes of the Brazilian ideological horizon. Therefore, just as one represses one extreme, consistency demands that we restrain the other.
"Answer. This objection puts aside all moral concepts.
Indeed, it is not in accord with Christian morality to affirm that when two doctrines disagree entirely with each other, neither one of them is good. That which contains the truth is good, that which contains error is bad. When truth and error enter into polemics, it is unjust to condemn the former and the latter at the same time.
Someone will object that the only way to put down
contentions and to establish peace is through such an injustice. One should
Let us consider some practical applications of these principles.
Catholic doctrine was taught by Our Lord Jesus Christ and by the Apostles in the beginning of our era. The Catholic Church has continued this preaching till now, and will continue it until the end of the world.
It has never passed through the head of anyone to
consider the Catholic Church to be extremist because
she is the infallible Mistress of Truth and the most faithful continuer of Him
who said: "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life." (
In the course of this long History which has already gone on for twenty centuries, an incident took place. Karl Marx enunciated a doctrine which is the extreme opposite of Catholic doctrine.
According to the logic of the objection, Catholic
doctrine would have ipso facto become
extremist. And the
And this — note it well — not because there had been any intrinsic modification in the Church, but only and exclusively because at a certain moment someone had resolved to proclaim the extreme opposite of what She teaches!
"Objection. The existence of an anticommunist organization such as the TFP could furnish a pretext to form an extreme leftist organization as a reaction.
Answer. This is a singular objection which appears to presuppose that extreme leftist organizations never existed in Brazil, either in the past or now, and that the TFP, which according to it would be to the extreme right, creates by this very fact the risk that they might appear.
The obvious historical truth is that the appearance of
the first Communist organizations in
According to this objection, the number of Communist organizations will grow if the number of anti-communist organizations grows.
From this one would conclude that the best means of combating Marxism is by not constituting associations designed to combat it.
— On the contrary, wouldn't this be an excellent means of removing obstacles from its path?"
And as we have said, all of these various attacks
against the TFP were precipitated by the defeat of the divorce bill in
His Excellency Orlando Chaves, Archbishop of Cuiaba (Brazil), defended the TFP against the campaign of calumnies that followed its triumph in an official statement: "It is certainly on account of its valiant and efficacious attitude against divorce, and above all, against international and atheistic Communism that the TFP is suffering from a rude campaign unleashed by hidden forces who set in motion a noisy publicity campaign against it from the North to the South of Brazil. It is necessary that our authorities be on the alert against this campaign so widely organized by the hosts of evil. It is Communism which is gaining by all of this, Communism which tries every means for the conquest of our Christian country."
Bishop Antonio de Castro Mayer wrote a letter to Professor Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, President of the National Council of the Brazilian Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property about the publicity storm being directed against the TFP. Some extracts follow:
". . THIS CAMPAIGN SPREADS SUCH INJUSTICES that I cannot abstain from formulating my protest against it... in my case this is all the more imperative since, taking into consideration my relations with the TFP, THE CAMPAIGN TOUCHES ME IN MY HONOR AS A BISHOP OF THE HOLY CHURCH.
"Indeed, I have oriented and accompanied the action of the TFP, let us say, since before it was born . . . The close relationship and cooperation with that group of lay apostles extended down through the years, until the foundation of the civic organization of a Catholic inspiration which is the Brazilian Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property, and it has continued up to the present.
"THEREFORE, AS A BISHOP OF THE
"And I desire that this testimony reach the whole Brazilian public, and that it may serve to give heart to all the associates, militants, and correspondents of the TFP. May it be heard, moreover, by our highest authorities. I am certain that they will not allow themselves to be impressed by a propaganda which, once the campaign has ceased, will leave, on account of its inconsistency, even many of those who have cooperated in it confounded.
". . . it gives me great
satisfaction to be able to congratulate the victims of this uproar for the
dignity, elevation, and gallantry with which they arc defending themselves.
May the blessing contained in the Beatitude proclaimed by Our Lord Jesus Christ
be their comfort: "Blessed are those Who suffer
persecution for justice's sake, for theirs is the
May Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Aparecida, Patroness of Brazil, help the TFP in its action in defense of Christian Civilization."
In conclusion, we note that the principal beneficiary of this campaign is obviously Communism and the forces which back it. In fact, since the TFP from the time of its origin has dedicated all of its efforts to denouncing the clear and veiled advances of that anti-christian sect, the elimination of the TFP can only benefit Communism and all of the enemies of the true and traditional Catholicism.